The Black Diamond Impact crash pad is a basic hinged-stye pad with some modern features. It can fulfill the needs of any level boulderer doing any type of bouldering with the exception of padding jagged rocky landing zones. For rocky landings we recommend the solid foam of a taco-style pad since hinges can bottom out on sharp protrusions. Check out the larger size, higher priced sibling of the Impact, the taco-style, Top Pick award-winning Black Diamond Drop Zone or our Top Pick Mad Rock R3 for jagged, uneven landings. Both of those pads are also better for hauling a large or heavy load with their larger sizes and flap closures. Both of the Black Diamond pads have one of our testers favorite features, the center lift handle between the top of the shoulder straps that helps lift a heavily loaded pad.
The dimensions; 39" wide x 45" long x 4" thick, are about average, but the price tag is about 30% above average. Do the added features and quality still make it worth the higher price? It could be worth it if, you can afford it, need the functions of the hinge design, like the cool features and trust Black Diamond's proven quality and durability.